In 1833, a 19-year-old college student and his friends began serving the poor in Paris, France. This was the beginning of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Today, there are more than 400,000 members serving in 133 countries around the globe.
The Society came to the United States in 1845 and a conference was formed in St. Louis, Missouri. The first presence of the Society in Georgia began in1903 at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta.
There are 68 Conferences in the Atlanta Council involving more than 2,000 members in spiritual growth, friendship and service to the poor throughout north and central Georgia. In recent years, Vincentians annually serve more than 100,000 people, providing over $4 million in financial assistance.
Covering Carroll and Harralson Counties, the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of Perpetual Help helps struggling families meet short term and intermediate needs of basic living. We deliver assistance and instill hope in a non-discriminating manner. We help by assisting with payment of utility bills, rent, temporary housing, medicine, transportation, and other needs. Through home visits focused on determining the root causes of family needs, we strive to find a solution that will provide for sustainable independence.
- Last year 1,580 individuals in Carroll and Harralson Counties were provided direct aid in the amount of over $57,000.
- 258 home visits were completed by our volunteer caseworkers to assess each individual and family situation and providing resources that prevented them from homelessness, hunger, and despair.
- Collaboration with many other local outreach programs, local government agencies, and area churches enables us to work quickly, efficiently, and effectively.
If you need assistance, please call our assistance helpline at (770) 838-1716. If you wish to donate, please call (770) 362-2678.